Following the success of the Make Your Mark event (young people’s political discussion event) at Library of Birmingham on Thursday 16th April 2015, produced by Beatfreeks and commissioned by Aston University and the European commission, Beatfreeks TV launched a new spoken word series voicing and exploring young first time voters opinions on relevant social issues in the wake of the General Election 2015.
Curated by Beatfreeks, with communications support from Apples and Snakes, Uprising, BBC WM and Bite the Ballot, the campaign captures 7 first time voters (and non-voters) poetic expression on 7 social issues, in the 7 days run up the 2015 General Election.
The 7 poets were chosen by submitting 7 words detailing why they should be picked to express politics through poetic verse.
The poets, ranging from 17-24 and all deriving from diverse backgrounds and political viewpoints, provide a breath of fresh air in the current stagnant election campaign battle as these young Artists Make their Mark and voice their concerns. They are:
Kamil Kamikaze on the EU
Heidi Murphy on the Environment
Aliyah Denton on Public Transport
Oliver Jerram on Housing
Umaymah Tahir on Immigration
Jaimeel Fenton on Education
Sophie Fenella on Healthcare/The NHS